Children's Eye Exams


Many visual issues may develop during childhood, thus regular eye exams are especially important for developing eyes. Younger children should have their first eye exam at six months old, and if there are no signs of vision problems, annually thereafter. This is what is recommended by the Canadian Association and the Alberta Association of Optometry. School-age children (age 5 and older) should receive annual eye exams to monitor their vision development and ocular health in order to detect any vision issues that may interfere with their learning abilities. If you or your child feels like they are experiencing changes to their vision, we can see them multiple times throughout the year and still be covered by Alberta Health Care. Sometimes these issues can be simple visual problems; easily corrected with proper diagnosis and treatment. It is very helpful for Dr. Louie and Dr. Larson to have yearly history or baseline exams if new symptoms are noted to provide the best treatment strategy.

Children often cannot tell you that they are having vision issues, let alone understand their vision problems. At LL Eyecare, Dr. Larry Louie and Dr. Cory Larson can provide comprehensive pediatric eye exams and management of various pediatric eye problems such as strabismus (eye turn), retinopathy (retinal vascular issues), ptosis (droopy/asymmetric eyelids), nystagmus (abnormal eye movement), amblyopia (poor vision even with proper correction), epiphora (eye tearing), and double vision. Your child’s eye exam will include an assessment of acuity, binocular vision, external and internal eye structures for any issues. For younger children too young to read or even speak, we use children-friendly tools and games to help with your child’s vision assessment.

There are a few things that you can do to prepare for an eye exam. Come with a list of all the medications you are currently taking and any information about your prescription for your current glasses or contact lenses.

Age: 0 - 18
  • Optomap 3D Retinal Photograph: This type of retinal imaging technology is non-invasive and painless. It provides a wide-field, high-resolution view of the back of the eye, including the retina and optic nerve. This technology captures a digital retina image, allowing us to examine and analyze the eye’s health in greater detail.
  • Visual acuity test: This test measures your ability to see letters or symbols on a chart from a specific distance.
  • Refraction test: This test determines your eyeglass or contact lens prescription by measuring how light bends as it enters your eyes.
  • Eye muscle movement test: This test checks your eyes’ alignment and how well they move together.
  • Pupil dilation: This test involves using eye drops to dilate your pupils, allowing the eye doctor to examine the retina and optic nerve. This is also sometimes also done in children for the purpose of determining the full prescription amount. This will be done if deemed necessary by the doctor during the exam.
  • Tonometry: This test measures the pressure inside your eyes, which can help detect glaucoma.
  • Eye health evaluation: The eye doctor will examine your eyes’ external and internal structures to look for any signs of disease or abnormality.
  • Assessment and Plan: your results will be explained to you and a plan provided to help out with your specific vision or ocular health findings.
Price: Covered by Alberta Health

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West Edmonton Vision Clinic

Visit our vision clinic in central West Edmonton for comprehensive eye exams, contact lens fittings, glasses, and more. Louie Eyecare Centre is dedicated to providing the highest quality optometric services and products to our patients. Our team of experienced optometrists is here to help you with all of your eye care needs. Schedule an appointment today!

Clinic Hours

Monday Closed
Tuesday 9:00-5:00
Wednesday 9:00-5:00
Thursday 9:00-5:00
Friday 9:00-5:00
Saturday 9:00-2:00
Closed Sunday / Holidays


Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, you can request a specific eye doctor for your eye exam, subject to availability.

Yes, an eye exam can detect if you have a concussion by testing eye movement and visual tracking.

Yes, an eye exam can detect colour blindness.

Yes, an eye exam can detect the need for vision therapy to improve vision skills such as tracking, eye teaming, and focusing.

Yes, we accept most insurance plans for eye exams.

A comprehensive eye exam is a more in-depth assessment of your visual health that includes testing for eye diseases, while a vision screening is a quick assessment of your visual acuity.